Advancing disability rights and leadership globally®

From April 30 – May 9, 2024, five disability and Civil Society Organization (CSO) leaders and government representatives from Bahrain convened in Eugene, Oregon, U.S., for an intensive 8-day program.

The exchange program facilitated opportunities for Bahraini professionals to observe and learn from U.S. counterparts, and to gain invaluable first-hand experiences of inclusive communities, including accessible public spaces, inclusive schools and universities, and disability-related reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

Activities included intensive, highly interactive seminars and professional meetings, site visits, cross-cultural activities, and strategic planning sessions. Bahraini delegates had opportunities to meet youth and adults with disabilities, policy-makers and government agency administrators, and to participate in discussions with established and successful non-governmental organizations led by people with disabilities. They experienced inclusive, rights-based communities, in which independence, equal opportunities and full participation of citizens with disabilities are expected in school, work, and community life.

The high-level delegation included individuals who are positioned to be champions for disability inclusion and have the necessary influence to make sustainable changes in Bahrain. Delegates represented government agencies, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), as well as other relevant societies focused on education, employment, and disability-related services.

Since 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has conducted short-term international exchange programs focusing on disability rights and leadership. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain, as well as contributions from MIUSA and the Eugene/Springfield community.

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